Charleroi passes the 2 million threshold

21st December 2004, Comments 0 comments

21 December 2004, BRUSSELS – Over two million passengers have used Charleroi airport in Wallonia this year, it was reported on Tuesday.

21 December 2004

BRUSSELS – Over two million passengers have used Charleroi airport in Wallonia this year, it was reported on Tuesday.

On Monday, Francois Magnee, from Liege, was the two millionth passenger to fly through Charleroi which until now has been considered a 'developing' airport.

Passing the two million threshold has implications for prices.

A European Union ruling means the airport must now open up services like baggage handling to free competition – until now the airport’s managing company BCSA has provided the service for EUR1 a passenger.

It is now expected that passengers should be charged EUR 4 or 5 for the service, which could force up flight prices.

The news will not impress Charleroi’s main airline, Ryanair, which has already warned it may have to stop using the airport.

Earlier this year the European Commission ordered the Irish low cost carrier to pay back millions of euros in subsidies it received from the Wallonian authorities to encourage it to develop its activities at Charleroi.

Ryanair is challenging the Commission ruling at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and has said it could quit  Charleroi if it loses its action.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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